Our Guide to Home Safety

Childproofing your home is one of the greatest investments you can make on behalf of the future safety of your young child. At Inhealth we’ve compiled a handy guide to home safety that is overflowing with useful tips and tricks and expert advice on the most comprehensive way to baby-proof your home. From our market leading collection of BabyDan and Dreambaby Safety Gates and Fire Guards to Baby Monitors, Window Latches and much, much more, your peace of mind starts here with Inhealth.ie. Let us help you keep your curious children and young explorers safe on their voyage of discovery around your home.

“What do I need for each room”?

Living Room: Absolutely consider anti-slam doorstops to keep fingers from pinching while electrical socket covers keep curious fingers safe from shocks. Cover all sharp edges and tables with corner cushions to absorb shock from bumps to the head and fasten TV’s with TV straps to keep TV’s from falling and being pulled over. If your lounge room features an open fire or hearth make a fireguard top of your list for this room.

Kitchen: A room full of potential hazards from hot oven doors to hobs, grab an oven door guard and knob covers to
keep little hands from accidentally turning on hobs and door and cupboard latches to keep breakables, food and other dangerous items out of harms reach.

Bathroom: From toilet locks, to non-slip bathmats to water thermometers and all important cupboard latches. The bathroom represents great harm as it combines both water and temperature in the one room, and as we often store chemically based products in the bathroom, the cupboard latches and anti-slam door stops are a must.

This is a small selection, however, it’s important to remember existing safety equipment such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire blankets and fire extinguishers, and the must-have in every home the first aid kit. But don’t panic, baby-proofing your home is about common sense, take a crawl around the rooms on your hands and knees as your baby will and take a look at what may catch their eye and take note. Remembering nothing keeps baby safer than adult supervision.

Take a look at your Home Safety Options

Safety Gates: Limit the distance your little one can travel with the installation of a safety gate such as BabyDan or Dreambaby available as both pressure fitted or screw mounted gates. Secure the top and bottom of stairs, in
doorways such as the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and any room you need to keep young children supervised.

Baby Monitors:Experience peace of mind with a Baby Monitor, choose from audio monitors to the more sophisticated motion sensors. From Angelsounds to Snuza Hero, for the ultimate in reassurance we have monitors such as the Angelcare Digital Video & Sound Baby Monitor that not only can hear baby but see baby too.

Fireguards: Prevent disaster with a Hearth and Fireguard from BabyDan, purposely designed to secure the fireplace and keep baby at a safe distance without threat of danger from fire but also from hurting themselves on the
hard corners of the fire hearth.

Playpens: Allow baby the freedom to play and explore in the safety of a space where harm cannot reach them. Playpens such as the BabyDan BabyDen Play Pen is designed to keep baby safe for naps and play and can be adjusted as a room divider or hearth gate/ fireguard as needed.

Bed Guards: The transition from cot to big bed can be a little hairy, so ensure your little one cannot roll out of the bed with a bedguard from BabyDan and choose depending on preference and room theme from folding bedrails to wooden bedrails that secure beneath the mattress.

Safety Considerations:

Do:

  • Fit stair gates at the top and bottom of the stairs.
  • Keep medicines out of sight and in a lockable cupboard.
  • Supervise your baby at all times.
  • Take a baby’s eye view of your home when checking out where safety measures may be needed.
  • Always keep a first aid kit to hand.

Don’t:

  • Leave a young child alone in the bath or bathroom.
  • Leave young children unattended on a bed, you can never be sure when they will roll over for the first time.
  • Overlook your existing safety measures such as smoke and carbon monoxide monitors and fire extinguishers.
  • Place baby seats or baby bouncers on a raised surface.
  • Delay baby proofing your home until your little one is on the move.
22nd Mar 2018

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